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Police feared ‘dramatic ending’

Spokane police made the decision to Taser a bridge jumper Friday after learning he allegedly had attempted to pull an officer over with him during a previous suicide attempt elsewhere, the Spokane police chief said Wednesday. At the tail end of 20 hours of talking to Josh Levy from the edge of the Monroe Street Bridge, authorities heard from an out-of-town officer who warned that Levy, during one of several other suicide attempts throughout the state, grabbed him when officers rushed Levy, Spokane Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick said at a news conference. They started to fall over a bridge railing, but another officer held on to them, she said.